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Diem, Sarah; Sampson, Carrie; Browning, Laura Gavornik – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2018
Policymakers and educational leaders continue to use school district decentralization as a reform effort that attempts to shift power and authority from central office administration to school-level leadership. In 2015, the Nevada Legislature passed legislation to restructure the Clark County School District (CCSD), the state's largest school…
Descriptors: County School Districts, Administrative Organization, School District Reorganization, Politics of Education
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Bush-Mecenas, Susan; Marsh, Julie A.; Montes de Oca, David; Hough, Heather – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2018
School accountability and improvement policy are on the precipice of a paradigm shift. While the multiple-measure dashboard accountability approach holds great promise for promoting more meaningful learning opportunities for all students, our research indicates that this can come with substantial challenges in practice. We reflect upon the lessons…
Descriptors: Stakeholders, Accountability, Educational Improvement, School Districts
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Fowler, Amy – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2018
In response to Bae's (2018) "Redesigning systems of school accountability: A multiple measures approach to accountability and support," this commentary expands on some key considerations for states and school districts as they seek different ways to support school improvement while also addressing the competing demands of educators,…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Policy, State Policy, Educational Assessment
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McCurdy, Kathryn; Reagan, Emilie Mitescu; Rogers, Audrey; Schram, Thomas – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2018
A response to Stosich et al.'s (2018) article reviewing ways in which states have taken up performance assessments, this commentary seeks to extend the focus and use of performance assessments to preservice teacher education. As such, the authors describe statewide initiatives in New Hampshire that are working to integrate performance assessments…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Preschool Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
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Farley, Amy N.; Clayton, Grant; Kaka, Sarah J. – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2018
In this written commentary for the special issue of "Education Policy Analysis Archives" focused on "Redesigning Assessment and Accountability," we call for teacher preparation to embrace a multiple measures philosophy by providing teacher candidates with rich opportunities to engage with data from a variety of sources, beyond…
Descriptors: Accountability, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Change
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Stosich, Elizabeth Leisy; Snyder, Jon; Wilczak, Katie – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2018
This paper reviews state strategies for incorporating performance assessment in policy and practice. Specifically, the paper reviews the use of performance assessment in 12 states in the Innovation Lab Network, a group committed to developing systems of assessment that provide meaningful measures of college and career readiness. This review…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, College Readiness, Career Readiness, Accountability
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Véliz-Calderón, Daniela; Theurillat, Daniel; Paredes Walker, Victoria; Pickenpack, Astrid – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2018
Faculty members are fundamental for the development and success of higher education organizations, and building strong academic cadres is a major challenge, especially for research universities. While there are no fully-fledged research universities in Chile (Bernasconi, 2007), a few strive to get closer to that ideal by way of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Research Universities, Professionalism, College Faculty
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Haun, Billy – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2018
The purpose of this commentary is to describe recent efforts in Virginia to develop and use performance assessments, including the challenges that emerged during this process and key considerations for states that integrate performance assessment into their systems. Performance assessments can play an important role in preparing students for…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Accountability, Educational Policy
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French, Dan – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2018
Standardized testing remains the predominant proficiency measure for students and schools, placing teacher and student focus on test-prep and lower order skills while maintaining achievement gaps that penalize underserved students. The Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Assessment seeks to close this gap and change assessment measures on a…
Descriptors: Consortia, Educational Assessment, Accountability, State Policy
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Thomas, Matthew A. M.; Mockler, Nicole – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2018
Research on the development of professional identity for teachers who enter the profession through alternative routes is still in its infancy. In contrast to their peers who complete traditional initial teacher education programs, these teachers are exposed to different conditions and constraints that produce a range of sub-identities previously…
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Professional Identity, Teacher Attitudes, Identification (Psychology)
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Torres, A. Chris; Weiner, Jennie M. – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2018
While teacher professionalism remains a contested topic, scholars increasingly acknowledge the field has entered a "new professionalism" wherein its parameters are dictated by management and the organization rather than those within the occupation. Many argue that this shift has served to decrease teachers' sense of professionalism,…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Charter Schools, Professionalism, Teaching Experience
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Bae, Soung – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2018
The challenges facing our children in the 21st century are rapidly changing. As a result, schools bear a greater responsibility to prepare students for college, career, and life and must be held accountable for more than just testing and reporting on a narrow set of outcomes aimed at minimum levels of competency. Thus, scholars, educators, and…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Policy, State Policy, Measurement
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Gil, Elizabeth; Kim, Taeyon – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2018
As Bae (2018) suggests, one way to fill gaps between a holistic view of student learning and accountability policy implementation is to use multiple measures that reflect diverse perspectives of learning. The purpose of this commentary is to provide a discussion of issues, which need to be considered in order to achieve the desired outcomes of…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Policy, Educational Assessment, Measurement
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Henning, Nick; Dover, Alison; Dotson, Erica K.; Agarwal-Rangath, Ruchi – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2018
The rise of high-stakes, standardized, teacher performance assessments (TPAs) is central to the industry being created out of the regulation, policing, and evaluation of university-based teacher education In addition to reinforcing a narrow and counter-critical framework, TPAs can shift responsibility for the evaluation of teacher candidates from…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Teacher Evaluation, Performance Based Assessment
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Clayton, Christine D. – Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2018
This article explores how candidates' experiences in multiple initial certification programs within a single School of Education evolved over the first three semesters of New York's implementation of edTPA as a requirement for initial licensure. The data reviewed included primarily surveys and interviews of teaching candidates, framed by critical…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Certification, Schools of Education
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